Encouraging Advice for
By Tamika Gardner
The decision to breastfeed
is one of the most important decisions you will make in your
life. As a new mother, you want to do what's best for your baby
and for you as well. Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience
and bonds both mother and baby. It is a indescribable feeling
and is one of the greatest gifts in life.
In speaking with many new
moms, I have found that many really want to breastfeed their
babies. But after the first few days, that desire quickly turns
into frustration because it is very painful during the first
week or two as your body adjusts to the new changes, or because
baby isn't latching on or not appearing satisfied by the few
dribbles of the premilk that comes from the breast the first
few days after birth.
Here are some
things that you can do to help you through those first
tough couple of weeks:
Remain Dedicated to
For me, unless there was a
medical reason why I would not be able to breastfeed, I did not
give myself any other option. Buying formula was not an option.
I told myself over and over and I was determined to make it
work. I thought to myself, "Why buy the cow when you can get
the milk for free?"
When I first had my
daughter, she latched on right away and I was concerned because
I thought she was always hungry and she wasn't getting enough
the first few days in the hospital. I followed the advice from
my lactation consultant to keep nursing and I stuck with it. I
kept feeding my baby and then my milk came in.
Remember the Pain is Only
No one told me that
breastfeeding would be excruciating the first week or so. After
the second or third day, my nipples were so sore, I started
dreaded feeding the baby because it was that painful. The
benefits of breastfeeding are so great I was determined to get
through it. It really hurts, but you have to know that your
nipples have to toughen up and it takes a week or two before
you won't feel anything. You also have to be sure your baby is
latching on correctly. But if you stick with it, it will pay
Many hospitals now
encourage mom to breastfeed their babies and have lactation
consultants and breastfeeding support services free of charge.
Take advantage of that! When I had my baby, someone from
breastfeeding support services called me daily to see how I was
doing. They are very helpful and many will also make house
visits free of charge as well.
Please don't give up! Your
baby will benefit dramatically even if you do it for a short
time. You will also save a ton of money and find that it is
much more convenient to breastfeed.